Queens building collapse litters sidewalk, street with debris

Posted at 8:34 PM, Apr 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-12 21:14:00-04
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A partial building collapse in Queens left the sidewalk and street littered with debris, complicating the subway commute for J train riders.(Photo/FDNY)

A Queens building partially collapsed Friday evening, sending bricks and debris falling raining onto the sidewalk and street.

The roof of a building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven partially collapsed, but no injuries were reported, according to firefighters.  The J train, which runs above the front of the building, was shut down between Crescent St. and 121st St. in both directions for more than an hour, but has since resumed.  The precaution is in place to avoid any further crumbling of the structure from the vibrations caused by the train.

The building is believed to be unoccupied.

Department of Buildings investigators and at least 25 fire units responded to the scene.